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Dec 28, 2007

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Lighting fireworks is an enjoyable experience. But we should not forget that improper usage of fireworks could be dangerous not only to ourselves but to others as well. We should therefore exert all effort to make sure that we do so in a most responsible manner.
  • Buy only fireworks products manufactured by licensed manufacturers preferrably with a proven track record of producing safe, quality fireworks. Do not buy generic fireworks with no labels identifying the manufacturer.
  • Do not buy illegal and illegal sized fireworks.
  • Always read instructions carefully before using the fireworks.
  • Keep away from children. Do not have any kind of fireworks lying around. Do not eat. Children should be advised on the proper usage of fireworks. Strict adult supervision is required for minors to use fireworks.
  • Never drink alcoholic beverages before using fireworks.
  • Keep fireworks away from fire or other lighted flames or cigarettes.
  • Keep fireworks dry. Store in a cool and dry place. Do not store wet fireworks or attempt to dry wet fireworks.
  • Do not pick up unlit/unexploded fireworks.
  • Do not light while holding fireworks in hand specially firecrackers except for hand held pyrotechnics like sparklers.
  • Do not put any part of your body over the direct firing line of a firework, lit or unlit. Light fireworks at arms length and immediately retire to a safe distance.
  • When lighting fireworks, take into consideration wind direction and wind velocity. Do not fire if wind is strong.
  • Do not fire near flammable objects. Do not fire towards other people. Do not fire near your stock of fireworks. Your stock of fireworks should be at a safe distance away from your firing site and should be kept in a closed container where it won't be easily lit by wayward fireworks.
  • Close all doors and windows of your homes during New Year to keep wayward fireworks from entering your house and igniting flammable objects.
  • Always use fireworks as intended. Do not dissect fireworks. Do not assemble your own firework. Trying to get the powder might cause accidental ignition.
  • Always follow the required distances for spectators.
  • Do not fool around with fireworks. Never pull pranks or try scaring people with it.
  • Do not use candles to light fireworks. Use joss sticks, cigarettes or mosquito coils.
  • Wear eye protection devices like goggles or glasses. Wear cotton or denims. Do not wear synthetic clothing like polyester. Wear shoes and not slippers to protect the feet and wear long and not short pants.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to put out fire immediately.
  • If you have doubts as to the safeness of firing the fireworks, STOP.
  • Do not store failed or reject fireworks. Fireworks which fail to ignite or does not perform as intended should never be stored in the house.
  • Open fireworks only when about to use. Never open near any open flames or lit cigarettes.

Happy new year


Anonymous said...

Happy new year, nice tip

Anonymous said...

The media needs to report more on fireworks safety. CBS News Anchor Shomari Stone shows how Miami is promoting fireworks safety.

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